Sometimes, solitude is one of the most beautiful things on earth.
Sometimes, we find peace and inspiration there.
In photography, there is a rule or guideline to go by to create the solitary tulip image. It’s called Rule of Thirds. If your camera has auto focus, you can use the points to help create the lines. If not, then just imagine a tic-tac-toe grid as you look through your view finder. If the object is alone, like the tulip, the best position is in the far left of the grid lines. The rule of thirds causes our focus to be naturally drawn toward a certain part of the image.
Although I am still learning, the concept of an off-center image is more pleasing to the eye. It looks natural. Rule of Thirds encourages to make creative use of empty space which may seem negative.
Imagine framing your photo with grid lines. Think about what the major element is of the image. Then try to position it near or close to the grid lines. Try to avoid overcrowding. Experimenting and practice is the best way to go. Photoshop and Lightroom software will also help with this, as they include the feature for this overlay.
This is just my “small” take on Solitude and Rule of Thirds. As usual, I try to create an analogy to compare to everyday life. So here goes…
If Rule of Thirds is a photographers way of making a negative space seem positive and more pleasing to the eye…how can this relate to us in the world in which we live and breathe?
Would it be to our advantage, at times, to use that simple grid line and imagine what a situation could look like from a tic-tac-toe view? What are the most important areas of our lives? Health? Love? Relationships? Work? God? Whatever it may be, imagine placing that focal point in a way that our focus is on the subject and not placed on the background stuff that gets in the way.
May you always find solitude within your tic-tac-toe lines of life.
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